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Folk Wandering

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

About the show

Pipeline Theatre Company's world premiere musical investigates the making and breaking of the American dream across three bygone generations. More…

In 1911, Rosealia dreams of a better life. In 1933, Kai struggles to keep her daughter safe. In 1955, Hannah finally fights for herself. 'Folk Wandering' is a sweeping musical conjured from the hearts and minds of Jaclyn Backhaus ('Men on Boats'), Andrew Neisler, and nine emerging singer-songwriters, and an exploration of the hope, heartache, and longing that binds us all together.


Member Reviews (39)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great singing, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging
76
Avg Score

77
Moving, Clever, Entertaining, Quietly intense, Slow

See it if You like shows that sort of sneak up on you. Quirky in its plot presentation I wasn’t sure I even liked it then found myself completely in.

Don't see it if You want a lot of straight forward action. This takes time to take shape. For a while you may not know where you’re going but it’s worth it.

52
Disjointed, Dull, Pretentious, Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you want to see an earnest & arty new folk musical showcasing a jaunty & sometimes poignant score by emerging singer-songwriters.

Don't see it if you expect cohesive directing or a cogent storyline (or 3) to support the jumbled musical styles (by 10 composers) & awkward framing device.

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if you like good singing and a talented ensemble. Some very good singer-songwriter type songs. Production accomplishes a lot on small budget.

Don't see it if you're looking for more established stories. Characters felt more archetypal than fully fleshed out. Still a show worth seeing for talent.

69
Ambitious, Great singing, Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You know someone in the play or you don't mind great musicians with disjointed, confusing plotline. Actors really enjoyed themselves.

Don't see it if You need a plot that makes sense and not just random stories with random people that aren't framed well.

Also I would have enjoyed this a lot more if I'd had any idea who these act... Read more Read less

85
Delightful, Epic

See it if You enjoy new musicals. You enjoy stories that span space and time.

Don't see it if You want something familiar. You want a clear thesis.

82
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want to see talented energetic cast in a multigenerationsl musical.

Don't see it if You expect perfection. Lyrics sometime are lost.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Confusing, Profound

See it if You enjoy folk/indie music. Enjoy innovative shows that aren't afraid to break rules. Enjoy musicals that look at American history.

Don't see it if You enjoy only more traditional book musicals that don't break the fourth wall. Don't enjoy folk/indie music. You want something "light."

Also Folk Wandering is a really wonderful show with a lot of material that ... Read more Read less

84
Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You like new works by upcoming artists done by a wonderful newer non profit theater group

Don't see it if You are looking for fully developed commercial type of musicals.

Also Pipeline is that little company that could. They have continually brou... Read more Read less

76
Heartfelt, Cute

See it if you like vignettes of Americana set to good music.

Don't see it if the vignettes are not quite long enough to go deep with any one of them, thus making the characters feel a tad stock.

72
Great singing, Great live music, Uplifting, Entertaining, Go for the music/singing

See it if you want a cheerful, lively show with great singing & live music. You like (simple & simplified) tales of independent women from years past.

Don't see it if you want surprises, nuanced characters, or historical learnings. This is a predictable, feel-good song-&-music show with a good cast.

Also All of the songs & singing are good, but none of them are catchy enoug... Read more Read less

79
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like stories with easy transactions between each other. Great set design, highly entertaining folk music. Totally worthy seeing it.

Don't see it if You are expecting high tech staging or don’t like folk music.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if like musicals. really pretty current sounding music. lovely voices and acting. unusual story line and very worthwhile

Don't see it if Need a show to start strong and quickly

76
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of folk music and the folks storytelling.

Don't see it if You don’t like folk music or a non-linear storyline.

60
Clever, Fluffy

See it if you like musicals with fun songs a committed cast or you are interested in how artifacts and objects emotionally resonate through time.

Don't see it if You are looking for a deep theatre experience that asks important questions or explores the complicated aspects of the human experience.

66
Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Great singing, Sweet

See it if you are interested in a multi-generational exploration of history.

Don't see it if you want a simple time line, or you want classic and familiar songs

90
Great singing, Romantic, Clever, Great staging, Multi-layered

See it if Like musicals or stories cleverly intertwined by a multitalented young.cast.

Don't see it if You only like staid old pieces with little invention, and people breaking into song to tell a tale perfectly.

70
Ambitious, Cliched, Great ensemble, Whimsical, Romantic

See it if You want to melt into a heart-breaker of a show beautifully performed by a tight, energetic ensemble.

Don't see it if You can’t get past a lack of polished plot. This show lovingly meanders, a shame because it’s at its best when the plot clears up.

98
Delightful, Clever, Enchanting, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if You enjoy historical stories of strong women with fantastic music and enchanting staging.

Don't see it if You find non-linear storylines hard to follow, or can’t deal with the harsh realities of American history.

77
Great singing, Relevant, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if You like musicals with a folk twist, strong exuberant voices, a storyline that is a testament to human spirit, in an intimate theatre space.

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals, thinly interwoven storylines spanning several decades.

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Great music, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you want to see an amazingly well done Off-Off Broadway production, you love new, non-traditional musical theater, you're into history.

Don't see it if You like traditional musical theater, you don't particularly like country music, you want a really structured plot that is easy to follow.

Also I really loved this show. It was just so well done for an Off-Off Broa... Read more Read less

92
Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a cute show

Don't see it if You dont want to see a show revolving around a lot of people

100
Absorbing, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you love brave, devised, innovative story-telling with fantastic music that digs into themes of Americana and shared memories.

Don't see it if you want a cautious revival or a traditional plot structure. Pipeline makes wonderful magical shows by taking risks: that's good theater!

76
Clever, Great acting

See it if Beautiful little show

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals

During previews
75
Great music, Captivating, Great staging, Resonant, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a scrappy company attempt a very ambitious show that really comes together and surprises you with how relevant it is.

Don't see it if you can't be patient. The show starts slowly but then it builds up some momentum and ultimately satisfies.

During previews
84
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if Three stories one very short the other two are longer. Very good cast. Three different time periods. The music sound like folk.

Don't see it if Folk music, play is nearly 2 hours with no intermission.

Also Had a small band with 4 people playing on the stage. Some of the songs... Read more Read less


March 4th, 2018
"Very busy...Its sheer abundance of story and song, and its fast cuts from one narrative to another, can make it feel like a tasting menu...There’s nostalgia in the gorgeously played songs...Backhaus’s stories, vivid with the colors of human experience, are a vital defense against sentimentality....
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March 5th, 2018
"Simultaneously intimate and epic as its multicultural cast conjures three tales from our collective American memory...Even if you guess where these narratives will go, you won’t anticipate the emotional epiphanies they evoke as they spin facts into melodic fiction. The numbers are enthralling th...
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March 5th, 2018
"There are a few standout dishes, the company is charming, but the whole is less than the sum of its fragmented parts...All signs suggest that we're in for something akin to side-by-side episodes of 'Wishbone' rather than a scrutinizing look at these three eras of American history. And yet, the l...
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March 5th, 2018
"The only thing linking these stories is the ineptitude with which they are told...Jaclyn Backhaus' book is so sketchy and poorly constructed that it is impossible for these three intercut narratives to build on each other...The score, by ten contributors, lacks a cohesive style or point of view....
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